Bimal Roy, statistical institute chief, sacked

Accusing him of indiscipline and expressing apprehension that he may indulge in acts of administrative and financial impropriety, the ministry of statistics and programme implementation has removed Bimal Roy as director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).

  • He was conferred with the Padma Shri award this year.
  • Roy’s term as the head of the ISI was set to expire in July.
  • He has been replaced by director-designate Sanghmitra Bandyopadhyay who was scheduled to take charge on August 1.

About Indian Statistical Institute:

  • Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)is an academic institute of national importance as recognised by a 1959 act of the Indian parliament.
  • It grew out of the Statistical Laboratory set up by Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Presidency College, Kolkata.
  • Established in 1931, this public university of India is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions focused on statistics.
  • The institute is now considered as one of the foremost centres in the world for training and research in Statistics and related sciences.
  • ISI has its headquarters in Baranagar, a suburb of Kolkata, West Bengal. It has four subsidiary centres focused in academics at Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Tezpur, and a branch at Giridih.
  • Primary activities of ISI are research and training of Statistics, development of theoretical Statistics and its applications in various natural and social sciences.
  • Originally affiliated with the University of Calcutta, the institute was declared an institute of national importance in 1959, through an act of Indian parliament, Indian Statistical Institute act, 1959.
  • ISI functions under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) of the Government of India.
  • Key areas of expertise of ISI are Statistics, Mathematics, Computer science, quantitative Economics, Operations Research and Information Science and it is one of the few research oriented Indian schools offering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

P C Mahalanobis, the founder of ISI, was deeply influenced by wisdom and guidance of Rabindranath Tagore and Brajendranath Seal. Under his leadership, the institute initiated and promoted the interaction of Statistics with natural and social sciences to advance the role of Statistics as a key technology by explicating the twin aspects – its general applicability and its dependence on other disciplines for its own development.

Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.


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